The community tree planting event took place at the Countess of Chester Country Park. The 2,000 native broadleaf trees included English Oak, Beech, Silver Birch, Hornbeam, Downy Birch, and Alder to encourage even more wildlife into the country park.
Local residents also used the occasion to speak out on the importance of trees and woodlands, adding their voices to the call for a new Charter for Trees, Woods and People. The new Charter - backed by 60 organisations and led by the Woodland Trust - aims to highlight the value of trees to all of us at a time when many are under threat from development, climate change, pests and more.
The event was supported by Cheshire West and Chester Council, TCV, the Friends of the Countess of Chester Country Park, the Land Trust and The Mersey Forest. More planting events will be held on the site with local schools and Green Gym volunteers in the coming weeks.
Local ward member, Cllr Matt Bryan, who is a member of The Mersey Forest Steering Group, used his Members' budget to support the project. He commented: "It was a great turn out – well done to all involved!"
If you love the Countess of Chester Country Park and would like to be involved in its future, the next meeting of the Friends of Countess of Chester Country Park will be at The Little Owl on Tuesday 7th March at 7pm.
There are regular events and activities at the park, including Green Gym on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10am, health, buggy and Nordic walks throughout the week, and Chester parkrun every Saturday at 9am. For more information see our Nature4Health website.
And if you value the trees in your street or your park, if you walk or jog through local woodland, if you've seen your children benefit from contact with trees and nature, please add your voice to the Charter!